Around Livingston for Jan. 22, 2015 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Karin Devendorf -- Christine Morgan Arceneaux.

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is hosting a $10,000 raffle to fund its new office at 248 Veterans Blvd., in Denham Springs.

The chamber’s new home will make it easier for them to carry out day-to-day operations and host committee meetings, chamber officials said.

Each ticket will include admission for two to the VIP Drawing Party, chamber officials said.

Art exhibit

Bonnie Smith Williams, a native of Denham Springs, is currently displaying her art at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, in Baton Rouge. The exhibit, “Familiar Subjects — New and Old” can be viewed on the “Tom Wallace Art Wall” until March 28.

Ochsner maintains the art wall in an effort to support the arts and involve the community, a news release from Williams said.

New Wal-Mart opens

Wal-Mart brings more grocery options and new jobs to Denham Springs with the opening of the Denham Springs Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, a news release said.

“We are excited to open the first Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Denham Springs,” store manager Nate Casher said. “With the smaller format, we will be able to provide a quick and convenient shopping option for our customers at Wal-Mart’s everyday low prices.”

The new store offers fresh produce and groceries from leading brand names, including organic selections, the news release said. By working with growers, Wal-Mart is able to provide farm-grown quality produce at added convenience and low prices, the release said. The store also will offer a variety of meat and bakery selections, including fresh baked breads.

Rotary meeting

Killian Police Chief Dennis Hill will be the guest speaker at the Livingston Parish Rotary Club. The meeting is at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Big Mike’s Sports Bar and Grill, 123 Aspen Square Drive, in Denham Springs. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Leesha Gleber at (225) 907-7270.

Garage sale

A benefit garage sale to raise money for Dream Come True will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at 34230 Hawks Cove, off Cane Market Road in Denham Springs. Items include furniture, toys, books, crafts, clothes and more.

Gumbo will be sold for $5 and soft drinks for $1. A bounce house will be available for children.

The event is being sponsored by Anchor of Hope.

‘Downton Abbey’ tea

Patrons can share tea and scones with fellow fans, dish about the show and answer trivia questions at the Denham Springs-Walker Library’s ‘Downton Abbey’ Tea at 3 p.m. Sunday. Dressing up isn’t required, but is encouraged.

Space is limited. Registration is required by calling (225) 665-8118 or register online at

Valentine event

Youths ages 6-11 can watch a Valentine movie and snack on Valentine cookies and soda starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Denham Springs-Walker Library, 8101 U.S. 190, and the Watson Library, 36581 Outback Road, in Denham Springs.

Registration is required by calling the preferred library branch or register online at

Contact the Florida Parishes bureau by phone at (225) 664-9058; by fax at (225) 664-9710; and by email at